Category Archives: Drama

BLACK MASS (2015) Trailer Of The Week

Black Mass (2015), Johnny Depp
Black Mass (2015), Johnny Depp

Johny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson and Joel Edgerton are the stars of Black Mass, the film that has brought me my favourite trailer of the year… so far. 

Watch it and understand…

May the finished product be as amazing as this brilliant trailer suggests.

Happy Black Mass 🙂

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STUCK IN LOVE (2012): Family, Love & Writing

Stuck In Love (2012), Logan Lerman, Lily Collins
Stuck In Love (2012), Logan Lerman, Lily Collins

Written / directed by Josh Boone and starring talent that includes Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Lilly Collins, Kristen Bell, Logan Lerman and Nat Wolff; Stuck In Love is a well acted family drama.

Watch it for a look into a year in the life of a family that consists of a successful Writer, his ex wife, their teenage children and particularly how all parties navigate through their own experiences of love.

This movie is definitely not too emotionally taxing. Actually… that may depend on how closely you relate to the character you identify with the most. Still, overall it’s a pleasant watch.

There’s also potential value for any Writers/ aspiring Writers and anyone generally curious about other families. I know I always am.

Stuck In Love (2012), Greg Kinnear, Kristen bell
Stuck In Love (2012), Greg Kinnear, Kristen bell

My favourite part is all the scenes Kristen Bell is in because her fun character is unlike any I’ve ever seen her play before.

Happy Stuck In Love 🙂

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BLUE JASMINE (2013): Officially My Favourite Woody Allen Film

Blue Jasmine (2013) Cate Blanchett
Blue Jasmine (2013) Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett is the star of what is officially my favourite Woody Allen film, Blue Jasmine. Her performance is fantastic; a brilliantly captivating portrayal of a desperate woman very much on the edge – if not hanging directly off it.

Alec Baldwin, Bobby Cannavale and Sally Hawkins are in the supporting cast.

You’ll find yourself silently willing for Jasmine to make it through, even though she’s not exactly the most likeable character. Nevertheless, her predicament isn’t exactly uncommon and nobody want’s to be in her situation.

It’s interesting how the screen is filled with the most glorious sunshine, when ‘bright and breezy’ is far from what’s going on in the lives of the characters in this very well written and excellently paced film.

Blue Jasmine (2013) Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin
Blue Jasmine (2013) Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin

Watch Blue Jasmine because there is so much useful information about life and particularly why it can be ill-advised to take a detour from your well thought out plans far too hastily.

Watch it to understand the reason Woody Allen is a film making hero for so many and why Cate Blanchett is an absolute gift and probably Australia’s equivalent of Meryl Streep.

Happy Blue Jasmine 🙂

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EVERY SECRET THING (2014) Trailer Of The Week

Like a great film, great trailers are not easy to make.

Every Secret Thing (2014), Elizabeth Banks
Every Secret Thing (2014), Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks, Diane Lane and Dakota Fanning are the stars of the latest brilliant trailer. It’s so interesting that I’m more than ready to watch the movie right this minute.

See for yourself…

It’s good because of the editing, music atmosphere, stars and the masterful tease.

Happy Every Secret Thing 🙂

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EAT PRAY LOVE (2010): Eat & Love, Clearly The Best Parts

Eat Pray Love (2010), Julia Roberts
Eat Pray Love (2010), Julia Roberts

Eat Pray Love had to be watched because I wanted to know the story of a person who chooses to  drastically change their life because what they have no longer makes them happy.

Said woman (Liz), played by Julia Roberts, decides to embark on a three part journey, travelling from Italy to India then Bali in a period of twelve months. As you can imagine, she meets many interesting people en route.

If you’ve ever been to Italy or dreamt about going, you’ll love the first part of this movie. You’ll like it because it’ll remind you of what makes travelling great and particularly, all the things to adore about Italy. Those curious about what it can mean to be on a ‘spiritual journey’ will get the most out of part two.

Eat Pray Love (2010), Javier Bardem
Eat Pray Love (2010), Javier Bardem

Filipe, (Javier Bardem) and pretty much everything that comes out of his mouth is a personal highlight of the final part of this movie. I particularly like his response to Liz when she says ‘I am so sick of people telling me I need a man.

Watch it if you’re curious about what he says and the adventure such as the one liz chooses.

Happy Eat Pray Love 🙂

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THE DROP (2014): It’s Good People. It’s Good

The Drop (2014), Tom Hardy
The Drop (2014), Tom Hardy

Starring two spectacular screen talents in the shape of the late James Gandolfini and British Actor Tom Hardy, The Drop is an expertly executed film.

The Drop (2014), James Gandolfini
The Drop (2014), James Gandolfini

In the dark and grim criminal underworld of Brooklyn New York – where Director Michaël R. Roskam’s movie is set, there’s a brilliant stillness. A certain calm, both within particular characters and what is conveyed atmospherically. Not to say that there isn’t plenty going on here – because there is.

The musical score does a great job of perfectly conveying the many tense and gripping predicaments in which the characters find themselves.

I found myself more than thrilled to be watching Hardy and Gandolfini sharing screen time – perhaps even as thrilled as I imagine both Actors might have been to be working together.

Watch it because true masters are at work and it’s great story. You might even find yourself wondering if it has ever been easier to like the ‘bad guy.’

Happy The Drop 🙂

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MAGGIE (2015): I’m liking The Intriguing Stillness…

Maggie (2015), Arnold Schwarzenegger
Maggie (2015), Arnold Schwarzenegger

If I’m completely honest, I haven’t been excited about an Arnold Schwarzenegger film in a while. But… how interesting is this trailer for his latest movie with Abigail Breslin?

Synopsis…‘A teenage girl in the Midwest becomes infected by an outbreak of a disease that slowly turns the infected into cannibalistic zombies. During her transformation, her loving father stays by her side’

I’m also really hoping that the film is more drama / thriller than it is horror. You guessed it, because I’m a massive chicken.

Happy Maggie 🙂

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THE GAMBLER (2014): For The Dialogue & Heart Stopping Moments

The Gambler (2014), Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange
The Gambler (2014), Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange

The Gambler, directed by Rupert Wyatt and starring Mark Wahlberg is a film that centre’s on the troubles Jim Bennet.

Bennett, played by Wahlberg is a man whose continued self destructive behaviour, especially at the most unexpected times, makes it clear to the  audience early on, that here is an individual in the midst of a very serious existential crisis.

It’s apparent that Bennet has pain, but you’ll have to use your imagination for a much deeper explanation than the familial issues hinted at more than twice.

The Gambler (2014), Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman
The Gambler (2014), Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman

This isn’t the type of movie that plays easy. Some may even accuse Wyatt’s film of being somewhat uneven. True or not, the audience is definitely never left comfortable.

Either the viewer is quite rightly concerned for Bennett’s safety and the safety of those he cares about or they’re worried as to why he really doesn’t seem to care much about the consequences of his seemingly reckless actions.

The best thing about The Gambler for me, besides the individual performances (John Goodman being a particular highlight), is the dialogue. An element most would have had a taster of in the very well executed promotional trailer a few months earlier.

My exposure to Mark Wahlberg’s work has been largely focused on his comedic roles, so this was an overdue and welcome difference.

Happy The Gambler 🙂

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